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One of the highlights during your schooling years is definitely the time when you go for exchange. The thought of living abroad can be both exciting and intimidating. To help you prepare yourselves better, here are 6 tips from us at STA Travel.

1. Travel Solo

It can seem daunting at first, especially if it’s your first time, but few experiences are as rewarding as travelling solo. You get to plan your itinerary exactly the way you want it, and escape the obligations of visiting places your friends are passionate about but which you aren’t. Score.

But perhaps the most rewarding of it all, is the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. To befriend someone who grew up in a culture so different from yours, and yet see your friendship grow with each shared experience. That is something you won’t forget any time soon.

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2. Travel With Friends

Admittedly, you can feel really lonely after solo travelling for a period of time. Making new friends is fun, but you might start craving a sense of familiarity that only old friends can provide. If you have friends who are doing exchange in other cities close to you, why not take the chance to visit them or plan a trip together!  There is nothing like laughing at old inside jokes and making references to Singaporean memes, all whilst being thousand of miles away from home.

Better yet, if you and your friends can drive, rent a car and go on a road trip. I promise you, it will be worth it. 

3. ISIC saves you $$$ everywhere

Almost all museums, tourist attractions and even transport options have discounted prices for students around the world. For instance, in Paris, admission to the Palace of Versailles is free for students as long as you show your valid student card. 

Showing your NUS, NTU, or SMU card simply won’t cut it. Many of these places only recognise the International Student Identity Card (ISIC), so make sure you have one before flying! Otherwise you'll be charged full price for the entrance ticket, yikes!


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4. Actually Go To School

For most of you, the grade you are getting at the end of exchange is either a “Pass” or “Fail”. As such, you might not spend that much time studying or working together with your peers. However, what you experience in the classroom sometimes is what stays with you the longest.

Make the most of having classmates from all over the world. You could be learning the intricacies of Hungarian greetings, of Chilean hospitality, of Canadian passion and so much more. 

5. Document Everything

Take as many pictures and videos as possible. If you have a gift for words, write a journal too. You’ll thank yourself later on. These permanent records of your adventures will serve as priceless memorabilia. They will be time machine that tunnels you back to the best time of your life. 

6. Stay True To Your Budget

Saving up for going abroad takes a lot of time and effort. Don’t go for something just because everyone else is. Everyone on exchange has a different budget and it’s important to follow yours. If you know you shouldn’t be spending as much as your friends are, don’t feel pressured. Realise that 50 dollars spent on one extravagant meal could easily be you two-way ticket to a new city you’ve always dreamt of visiting. 

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